2012 Chevrolet Cruze
There are 20 user reviews for the 2LS trim shown below
- Fuel Economy
- No Cruise Control on LS
Purchased As New
Only owned it for about 1 month. I have liked the looks since they came out in 2011 but have never owned a new car due to depreciation and such. I thought I might buy a used one some day. The 2012 6 speed manual transmission brand new LS's were marked down in Las Vegas to under $15,000 so I jumped at the opportunity since I had $2,000 in GM Earnings and another $1,000 bonus cash - couldn't beat a sub $12,000 brand new Cruze. Flew to Vegas, purchased, and drove it home same day. So far I love it. I knew at the time that the LS's were not available with cruise control without an add on package so I'm having the steering wheel changed and cruise control installed at a local dealer. That adds about $400 but will be worth it. Has all the other options I wanted. So far about 37 on the highway and unknown around town as I don't drive around town much.
It has adequate power with the manual. If you drive it right you can have the power needed and drive it easy when you want that 35+ mpg on the highway. I've heard complaints about the 1,8L normally aspirated engine being underpowered with the automatic but I'm fine with the engine power the with the 6 speed manual. One thing I will say is the gears in the 6 speed are lower than I expected. Based on the dash shift light the driver is encouraged to shift into 6th at 40 mph for best fuel economy. I would have figured the 6th gear would not have been useful until 50-55 - a true overdrive. At 70 mph the tachometer registers between 2500 and 3000 rpms. You would think even better mileage could be achieved if 6th were more of an overdrive but I'm no vehicle engineer so there is probably a good reason.
Everything else is fine. I rated reliability as good based on other reviews since I have not had the car long enough to rate reliability. Safety features are better than most cars in the same class. The car is so quiet is very quiet, sometimes I need to utilize the tachometer when deciding when to let out the clutch when starting out from a stop, especially if I have the radio on - and who wouldn't with Sirius-XM!
Overall very happy with the Cruze
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